Thursday, June 13, 2013

A Drove of Collective Nouns

An incursion of raccoons, a splatter of birds, and a plague of epidemiologists. Names for collective nouns have been around for centuries.
More fun with collective nouns here.


Sarah~Magnolia Surprise said...

A splatter of birds, huh? Appropriate!

fishducky said...

How about a giggle (or even a guffaw) of YOUR groups?

Janie Junebug said...

A splatter of birds attacked my car.


Pride In Photos said...

You come up with some "Dandy" ideas for these alphabet challenges.

Pam Beers. said...

How about a gaggle of geese? Or a covey of quails. Or a herd of humans. Good grief. Thanks, Nick for the groupie nouns. I love it.

I have some of those bird splatters on my car too, Janie.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love herd of humans Pam!

darling dandy post...

storybeader said...

I thought it was a flock of birds! {:-Deb

Chatty Crone said...

We have been doing grammar all year long - never heard of collective nouns - oh no - more to learn. sandie

Granny-Guru said...

I've always thought a murder of crows was the oddest collective noun

Suldog said...

As with Granny, I always liked a murder of crows.

(Not to make your blog less family friendly, but my teenage buddies and I used to use the collective "a posse of pussy" to refer to something other than cats...)

Hilary said...

These are always fun. I love your "intrusion of telemarketers!"

A forum's writing thread semi-recently suggested we come up with our own. I contributed the following:

A stumble of toddlers.
A tantrum of toddlers.
A shrug of teenagers.
A flash of exhibitionists.
A flash of menopausal women.
A clack of typists.
A whisper of rumours.
A cast of fishermen.
A development of photographers.
A chuckle of comedians.
A gourp of dylexics.
A deliverance of obstetricians.
A shitload of proctologists.
A boring of woodpeckers.

Pam Beers. said...

Such an entertaining lot of word groupies. Thanks for the compliment Rocky Mountain Woman.

As for teenage Suldog...tsk, tsk. Although it is humorous. HA!

You've got some beauts there, Hilary. Love it.

Jenny Woolf said...

Someone wrote a post in a blog recently, that i follow, and it mentioned a "herd of clouds" I loved that collective noun.